Warning: This clip has some nasty words. Don’t play it when the boss is around.
Though it wasn’t a phenomenon I’d ever really noticed until a friend of mine sent me the video clip above, once you’ve been made aware of it, the duck face does indeed seem to be ubiquitous and inescapable in the Facebook/MySpace universe. And what the heck is up with that?
Antiduckface.com, a Web site devoted to ending this plague by pointing out just how goofy it is, defines the duck face as “the pose where you push your mouth out in that sort of pout/kiss face to make it look like you’ve got big pouty lips, a super-defined jawline, and model-quality cheekbones” but wind up looking “really, really stupid.”